About The Welsh Rifle Association
The WRA is the Governing Body for Welsh full-bore rifle shooting. This covers both Target Rifle from 300yds to 1000yds and Match Rifle from 1000yds to 1200yds, all shot with 7.62 calibre. 300metre full-bore rifle shooting also comes under the WRA but there are currently no Welsh shooters participating in this discipline competitively. The 300metre discipline is usually done with 7.62 or 6mm. The emerging TR discipline of F Class, along with Gallery Rifle are also administered by the WRA.
The WRA incorporates the Welsh XX Club and provides national teams and individuals to represent Wales. The WRA has a Clubhouse facility at Bisley which currently does not offer accommodation but provides some basic facilities. Most Welsh full-bore shooting is done at Bisley due to the lack of long range facilities and the difficulty of booking ranges in Wales. The WRA Captain organises all the shooting events which must be booked direct with him/her on the booking form sent to members at the start of the year (also available through the News section of this site). Booking must be accompanied with the appropriate fee so that the WRA can reserve enough targets and markers.
Full membership of the WRA provides benefits such as being eligible for Welsh team selection and participating in subsidised weekend shooting where costs for targets, markers and ammunition is currently £45 per day. Coaching courses are arranged from time to time and weekend WRA Squad training is carried out where members are provided with coaching. Matches are also arranged throughout the year and an annual international match against Canada is usually held in Wales in July just prior to the Imperial Meeting.
The WRA encourages youth shooting with subsidies and scholarship awards, reduced membership fees and support with some equipment when available. There are currently three rifles available for use at WRA events and we have recently received two new rifles and spotting scopes. These have to be kept at Bisley but are available to those who are between school or Cadets and full-time jobs.
Membership application forms are available HERE and at the beginning of the year. New members are usually not charged anything after 1st Aug as there is only very limited shooting after this time. A £5 affiliation fee would be charged for the Welsh Open for instance. Prospective new members are usually asked to provide a sponsor/referee who is already a member of the WRA. A three month probationary term of membership will also usually be applied.